The same applies to sensory perception, nutrition and movement, as these all require a body. He cannot separate thinking from the ‘I’. He concludes that he can define the ‘I’ as a mind, or intelligence, or intellect, or reason.
He cannot use imagination to determine the nature of ‘I’ as using the imagination to determine the nature of things is akin to being awake and seeing the world but having unclear vision and so falling back asleep and believing that simply because vision is clearer in dreams that that is a more true version of reality... displayed 300 characters
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What is that? A thing that doubts, understands, affirms, denies, is wiling, is unwilling and also imagines and has sensory perceptions”
All of the attributes stated above all belong to the ‘I’. It is self-evident that thinking, doubting, willing and understanding do. Imagination does too, as even though the things that are imagined are not real, the power of imagination is real and exists as part of thinking... displayed next 300 characters
To express this idea in other terms, Descartes utilizes a comparison of beeswax before and after it has been melted. With our senses we can discern from the shape, color, smell, taste, and feel of the wax its identity before it is melted...
This is unsatisfactory since this requires investigating into the notions of 'rational' and 'animal.' Continuing his quest for identity, he recalls a more general view he previously had of his identity; he is composed of both body and soul...
Take for example the triangle-chiliagon situation. One is able to imagine and understand a triangle: it is a polygon bounded by three sides. One is also able to imagine many different kinds of triangles?right triangles, obtuse triangles, acute triangles, etc...
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